Compass Expands to Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor February 22, 2018 at 6:00 am 0

Compass, America’s first modern real estate company, is now in Arlington!

Pairing the industry’s top agents with proprietary technology, Compass offers a smarter, more seamless solution to selling or finding your home. Since opening their doors in December 2017, Compass Arlington has quickly grown their team to 20 agents, representing $280,000,000+ in sales volume over the last twelve months.

Compass Arlington is one of six offices in the D.C. Metro area, with offices also in McLean, Logan Circle, Georgetown, Capitol Hill and Chevy Chase.

“We have quickly become the #1 brokerage in Washington, D.C, and our expansion to Northern Virginia represents an opportunity to bring Compass’ best-in-class marketing, support, and technology to Northern Virginia agents and their clients,” says Marc Pina, Managing Director of Sales for Compass Arlington.

As a technology-driven real estate company, Compass has launched a powerful end-to-end platform to support the entire buying and selling workflow. They deliver an incomparable experience to both agents and their clients all in service of the Compass mission: to help everyone find their place in the world.

Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass operates in 14 regions across the United States: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Miami, Orange County, The Hamptons, Santa Barbara and Montecito, and Aspen.

The 10,000 square foot Northern Virginia flagship office is located at 3001 Washington Blvd in Arlington. For more information please visit www.compass.com.

The preceding post was sponsored by Compass.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor February 20, 2018 at 6:00 am 0

Arlington Construction Management is now Alair Homes Arlington. While the company’s name is new, its values remain the same.

Alair Homes Arlington specializes in residential construction for people in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Home projects range from renovating a bathroom to building an entirely new abode.

Check out the before and after photos from one recent Alair project, above.

Because of the company’s reputation in the industry, they’re able to score discounts from vendors, which they pass along to budget-conscious clients. The idea is to build better and save more.

Alair Homes Arlington also works to eliminate any unexpected surprises. Before entering an agreement, projects are fully scoped, priced and validated. Alair’s unique Client Control approach to construction – which it uses for every project — gives homeowners the certainty they deserve before their project actually ever begins.

“It was the first time in my life working with a contractor that not only everything on my written list was addressed in the proposal, but all the things that we verbally talked about were itemized and listed out as well–we were just blown away,” said homeowner Kim, in a testimonial video.

Once the project is underway, clients use an online portal to manage costs, schedule payments, make selections, and more. The portal is also a way to communicate project managers, who receive ongoing training on a weekly and monthly basis.

“There’s a quality aspect as well and that was delivered, which is a very delicate and difficult balance to do,” Kim said. “From an overall standpoint when you’re talking about wanting a project to be delivered that’s on time, on budget, and meets your quality expectations, Alair Homes does a great job and will definitely be able to meet that for you.”

Please contact me at [email protected] if interested in joining us for a home building seminar we are presenting in partnership with Keri Shull Team.

The preceding was sponsored by Alair Homes Arlington.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor February 15, 2018 at 11:45 am 0

The first 3 to register and attend the class get a FREE Google Chromecast!

Attend the free Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and learn all of our tips and get $1,500 towards your next home purchase. Plus, another $500 towards appraisal from our friends at Pure Mortgage!

How much is a down payment on a house?

A lot of people think you still need 20% to put down on a house – that is not the case. Here are a few other options:

0% down: Veterans and active duty military are eligible for no down payment. Also, most cities and states have down payment assistance programs. Virginia’s VHDA and DC’s “DC Opens Doors” programs can allow you to get a 0% down payment without being in the military.

3% to 3.5% down: Conventional or FHDA loans

5% to 15% down: There are many options for putting this amount down, typically the more you put down the better your interest rate will be.

Learn More About Home Buying Essentials at Arlington’s Free Home Buying Workshop

You will get a comprehensive explanation of the home purchasing process – there’s more to know than you’d think.

The Orange Line Living Team and Keri Shull Team will be teaching all of the acronyms and definitions you will need, what happens at each stage of your transaction, real strategies on how to negotiate a lower purchase price, the different type of loans available and much more. There will be local specialists from multiple industries in attendance, so come with questions.

Benefits of Attending

  • $1,500 credit towards your new home or towards early lease termination
  • 12-month home buy-back guarantee
  • Wine and cheese provided
  • The first 3 to attend will receive a Google Chromecast!

Space is limited, register by clicking here.

The event is hosted by best-selling author and top nationally-ranked real estate agent Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent. Dan and his team have developed a special process that has allowed them to help over one thousand local families buy or sell their home.


  • When: Monday, February 19 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Orange Line Living, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Validated Parking or Free Street Parking
  • Food: Wine and Cheese
  • Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so be sure to register at arlingtonhomebuyerclass.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor February 14, 2018 at 5:45 pm 0

Families with prospective kindergarteners for the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to apply for admission at St. Thomas More Cathedral School as the program is now nearing full capacity.

Children must be 5 years old by September 30, 2018 to register. The application form is located here: K-8 Application.

St. Thomas More Cathedral School is an authentic Catholic learning community that promotes the spiritual, moral and intellectual excellence of students in PreK through 8th grade. Recently, STM made history as the first elementary school in the world to launch a CubeSatellite and is recognized by The U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School since 2006.

Teachers at St. Thomas More differentiate instruction in the classroom by meeting with students in small groups to reach all levels of learners.

The curriculum includes The Comprehension Toolkit featuring Daily 5, Writer’s Workshop, Words Their Way, Everyday Mathematics, character education and service learning. Students attend special classes in Spanish, Physical Education, Music, Art, Library and Technology.

Opportunities for movement and socialization are woven into the day, including three recess periods. Throughout the year kindergarten students present six performances for their families, prayer partners and friends. These include We Sing America, Corn Feast Reader’s Theatre, The Nativity, Bible Plays, Manners Tea and a Kindergarten Closing Ceremony.

A sample of a typical day in kindergarten can be found here.

As an added convenience, extended care is offered both before and after school from 7 a.m. until the school day begins, and again after school until 6:15 p.m. More than 45 extracurricular choices are available including athletics, band, scouts and high interest enrichment classes.

Students come to STM from Arlington, as well as Alexandria, Fairfax County, the District of Columbia and Maryland. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of our families contribute to the welcoming spirit you will find at Saint Thomas More.

The Diocese of Arlington and the STM School and parish community are committed to making a Catholic education attainable for all who seek it. All families are encouraged to apply for tuition aid if assistance is needed and 30% of current students receive financial aid.

St. Thomas More Cathedral School is conveniently located at 105 N. Thomas St, in the center of Arlington, VA near the Pentagon, Ballston, Ft. Myer and the National Guard. Visit our website for further information regarding the admissions process. To schedule a tour call 703-528-6781 x242 or email [email protected].

by ARLnow.com Sponsor February 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

by Karyn Ewart, PhD., Founder & Head of School, The Sycamore School

“He used to love school,” is a common refrain I hear from parents.

Too many students are falling out of love with school after elementary school, when school transitions from hands-on learning to rote memorization, layered with a lot of homework and a culture of acceleration.

Schools are holding college preparedness workshops at the end of elementary school; middle schoolers are taking numerous high school credit courses; then, in high school, students are encouraged to take as many AP classes as possible, so that they can earn college credit.

The result of this acceleration? Students are constantly worried about how to get ahead instead of being present. How do we stop this vicious cycle of stress and help our kids learn how to learn?

Parents are afraid to ask this question. They need to understand that we can’t engineer a good life for our kids by pushing them beyond what is developmentally appropriate.

As a psychologist, I’ve seen the worry and the angst. You want your kids to discover a passion that will spark learning and lead them into adulthood, but you are afraid that if you don’t go with the flow, and buy into the system of acceleration, your kid will be left out of success later.

Imagine what would happen if your children didn’t have homework, actually enjoyed school and were able to retain what they learned.

What would happen if your children made mistakes and it wasn’t the end of the world? What if they weren’t afraid to fail? What would happen if your kids learned how to manage their time effectively and to think creatively? What would happen if you could let go, just a little, and let your child fall… and then soar?

They would fall in love with learning. Help your child rediscover their love of learning – come visit The Sycamore School; located in the heart of Arlington.

About The Sycamore School

Featuring an urban campus, the Ballston-based school is expanding to serve 5th-10th grades for the 2018-19 school year, with upper grades being added as the class ages up. The Sycamore School features:

  • Inquiry-based, self-paced learning
  • Student-centered classes
  • Hands-on experiential activities
  • Depth vs. breadth of instruction
  • Critical thinking, creative problem solving and teamwork
  • Small classes; 1:10 teacher to student ratio
  • Connecting concepts across content areas & to the real world
  • Opportunities for self-advocacy
  • Organizational & study skills
  • Weekly community activities
  • Regular mindfulness practice
  • Social & Emotional Learning folded into the curriculum
  • Movement incorporated throughout the day
  • No Homework

by ARLnow.com Sponsor February 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

In a profession based on relationships, trust and integrity are the cornerstones that Clarendon-based Elite Dental (1025 N. Fillmore Street) believe to be sacred to their practice.

That is why they are the dental office for many local dental professionals, their families and their staff. Doctors Dudley & Hartman take a lot of pride in the hundreds of Arlingtonian smiles they have improved. With the help of modern technology and excellent technique, they have differentiated themselves in how they have prevented countless root canals, extractions and implants for their patients.

Patients can expect a unique experience at Elite Dental. Focused on the needs and busy lifestyles of their patients, Elite Dental genuinely values their patients’ time while providing quality care, comprehensive services and efficient use of technology at their foundation. Elite Dental offers high-tech customer service in a warm, stress-free office setting — their many trusting and happy patients are a testament to this. Visit Elite Dental’s Yelp and Google reviews to see what others are saying.

Elite Dental is currently accepting new patients. Call 703-988-6963, or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Mention ARLnow and receive a free teeth-whitening kit!

by ARLnow.com Sponsor January 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

Last September, ARLnow introduced you to Next Phase Arlington, the newest boutique fitness studio in Courthouse. The studio opened its doors in June 2017 and since then, its community and unique monthly events have grown to represent the best fitness experience in Arlington.

Next Phase Arlington offers high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes — with a twist. Upbeat group exercise classes meet performance-driven workouts, incorporating a variety of equipment, including Pilates reformers, TRX, ropes and weights, to give you the most rewarding 50 minutes of your day. From TRX Fusion to heart-pumping HIIT Pilates and early bird Sunrise Circuits, Next Phase workouts focus on building strength, developing lean muscle and increasing endurance through dynamic movements and functional equipment.

The classes keep your muscles guessing, and the results keep you coming back for more. As if that wasn’t motivation enough to try them out, your first class is always free.

Don’t take our word for how awesome this place is — check out what loyal Next Phase member have to say:

I found out about Next Phase classes just a couple months before my wedding and my only regret is that I didn’t start taking them sooner! I love each class and find that every instructor is always friendly and helpful. The HIIT Pilates class is my favorite as it offers a combination of exercises plus the reformer that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Next Phase member, Lauren Dehoff.

It’s challenging, but worth it. As one Next Phase member said, “Seriously — if you put in the work, Next Phase will give you the results!”

“The first 3-4 classes I took at Next Phase honestly left me thinking, ‘Can I really do this?’ The answer is a resounding ‘YES!’ The instructors are fun, motivating and they throw you a variety of equipment that will challenge every single teeny or massive muscle that you have! I saw changes in my body I had never seen in my life before! Defined abs and triceps started peeping through for the first time ever,” said student Katriona Buhler.

It’s no surprise that Next Phase gets such rave reviews. After all, their main mission is to spread happiness, believing the healthier you are, the happier you are.

Friendly, helpful instructors, each with their unique teaching style, foster a supportive sense of community seven days a week. You’re just as likely to take a class from an instructor as you are to be in a class with them — because they love the workouts and community, too!

In addition to the wide variety of group fitness classes at Next Phase, you can also find quality private and semi-private personal training and nutrition support through their in-house experts. After a free one-on-one consultation, their knowledgeable team designs a customized plan to include personal training, classes and nutrition to help you reach your goals.

Between its fun, fusion-style workouts, quality personal training and welcoming instructors, we believe Next Phase is a standout Arlington fitness studio, but we’ll let you be the final judge. After all, your first class is free!

Arlington is Next Phase’s second location. The company first started spreading happiness in Bethesda in 2014.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Next Phase Arlington.

by ARLnow.com January 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

Arlington Construction Management is now Alair Homes Arlington. While the company’s name is new, its values remain the same.

Alair Homes Arlington specializes in residential construction for people in the Washington, D.C. area, with a focus on Arlington. Home projects range from renovating a bathroom to building an entirely new abode.

For projects of all sizes, Alair follows a client control model, which emphasizes convenience, customization, service and transparency for the client. That helps to eliminate any unexpected surprises. Plus, before entering an agreement, projects are fully scoped, priced and validated.

The photos above are an example of one of Alair’s recent projects. Here’s what company owner Chad Hackmann said about how he totally transformed this Arlington home:

This home started out as a typical 1940’s Arlington Cape, brick and block construction with a center hall stair, upstairs had two bedrooms and one bath under a shed dormer off the back and two small dormers off the front. Clients were looking to add room without significantly expanding the footprint of the house in order to keep the budget reasonable and preserve the large back yard for the enjoyment of the growing family.

After getting into the design it was quickly decided that so much drywall and plaster were being removed that it made sense to gut the entire floor, completely updating everything including insulation, electrical, HVAC, all windows and creating a new thermal envelope. The new dormers were made as big as possible to raise the ceiling height in those rooms as high as possible to really open up the space. This allowed for plenty of space for a new custom bunk beds in the kids room. The master bedroom addition was built on the angle to take advantage of the side yard setbacks creating as much room as possible. A custom bureau was further cantilevered into the set back in the master bedroom. The front entrance was dressed up to blend properly with the addition. All this to maximize utility but keep to a value and budget goals of the owners.

In the end we transformed a home whose second floor could barely sleep 4 to one that could easily handle 6 and in addition the owners now have actual storage on that second floor including a walk-in closet! A major transformation indeed for the typical Arlington home.

Want to see more? Come visit Alair at the Home + Remodeling Show at the Dulles Expo Center. Need tickets? Email [email protected] or call 202-409-1280 for a free ticket while supplies last.

The preceding was written by ARLnow and sponsored by Alair Homes Arlington.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor January 16, 2018 at 6:00 am 0

Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball works with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation to provide the county’s children — more than 1,300 boys and girls from age 4 to 12 — a high quality baseball program in the local area. With eight levels of play, ABR promotes equal competition, camaraderie, full participation, good sportsmanship and fun!

Teams are forming now for Spring 2018. Register by Feb. 1 on the ABR website: www.ArlingtonBabeRuth.com.

Neighborhood Teams

ABR endorses the neighborhood/school concept in youth sports. Where possible, ABR groups players on teams based on the neighborhood in which they live, or the school that they attend. Most likely players’ friends are on school teams which practice in their own neighborhoods.

We use the neighborhood principle at every level except the oldest–Majors 70′ (our intermediate size field league, 50/70) for 11 and 12-year-olds, where a modified draft creates a more competitive playing experience.

Commitment to Coach Training

ABR is committed to providing each player with an enjoyable and valuable baseball experience, helping kids learn the game while developing life skills and an appreciation for baseball. We provide each coach in the league with coach training clinics and coaching manuals covering safety, skills, teaching the game, and managing the ups and downs of competition.

Outstanding Travel Baseball

For those ABR players seeking a highly-competitive experience in addition to recreational baseball, ABR Travel Baseball is a nationally-competitive youth baseball organization for players ages 8-12. ABR Travel teams participate in the Cal Ripken all-star tournaments and regularly advance into the Virginia State Cal Ripken Tournament. ABR Travel’s 2017 8YO, 9YO and 10YO Storm teams won their District Championships and after winning their State tourney, the 10YO Storm team represented Virginia in the Southeast Regional Tournament last summer.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor January 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

WBU Associate PictureYour local Wild Birds Unlimited (2437 N. Harrison Street) is dedicated to the hobby of backyard bird feeding. We provide quality bird food and supplies to all of your backyard birds.

The position of Sales Associate can be either a part-time or full-time position that reports to the franchise owner or manager. The primary responsibility of a Sales Associate is to provide a high-energy customer experience.

Selling / Customer Experience:

  • Understands that the high-energy customer experience is the #1 priority.
  • Uses successful selling skills to satisfy the customer and complete the sale.
  • Wears the logo name badge and logo apparel while working on the sales floor.


  • Understands and communicates the store’s merchandise and target products to the customer.
  • Completes the changing of displays, signing and the restocking of merchandise as directed by management.

Personnel Management:

  • Demonstrates a positive, enthusiastic and professional demeanor.
  • Attends store meetings as required.
  • Completes any other duties as assigned.

Administrative Control:

  • Adheres to all store policies and procedures regarding the ringing of all transactions, any administrative duties and scheduling.
  • Completes accurate and legible paperwork.

Store Maintenance:

  • Maintains good housekeeping standards to help present a clean and well-presented store.
  • Helps keep store and backroom clean & organized.

Please call (703) 241-3988 or come in to pick up an application!

by ARLnow.com January 10, 2018 at 7:05 pm 0

ARLnow advertisers help us keep the lights on, which we and our readers greatly appreciate.

But it’s a two-way street: our advertisers are able to get their brand and message out to hundreds of thousands of local residents via ARLnow. And as a bonus, readers are able to learn about great local businesses and nonprofits while checking out our local news reporting.

In 2018, we’re improving our offerings, with both time-tested and forward-thinking advertising options to fit any budget. From CPM-based display advertising to new Premium Brand Packages, we have a solution that will work for your company or organization.

For more information, or to check out the new 2018 ARLnow media kit, see our advertising info page.

by ARLnow.com January 5, 2018 at 8:00 am 0

Arlington’s New District Brewing is rolling out its second-ever bottled beer this coming Saturday, and you’re invited to the release party.

The Shirlington-area brewery at 2709 S. Oakland Street is introducing Abbey, a spiced, smooth Belgian Dubbel. But it’s a limited edition: just 250 individually-corked and hand-labeled 750ml bottles.

New District expects to sell out of its stock within 2-3 weeks, so the best opportunity to get your hands on one is at the release party on Saturday.

The event is being held from 1-9 p.m. at the brewery. Each $25 ticket will get you:

  • One 2 Year Anniversary Dubbel 750ml limited release bottle (with option to buy a second)
  • One pint of 2 Year Anniversary Dubbel on Tap
  • One beef brisket taco from the famous La Tingeria food truck, braised in a chipotle garlic sauce with NDBC brewed street beer for 12 hours.

Several other events are being planned at New District this week: a live band — No Second Troy — on Friday, and fill specials on Sunday.

The preceding was written by ARLnow.com and promoted by New District Brewing.

by ARLnow.com December 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

Clarendon’s Citizen Burger Bar (1051 N. Highland Street) is now serving weekend brunch.

Citizen’s brunch menu includes egg benedicts, French toast, pancakes, mimosas, Tito’s Bloody Marys and more. That’s in addition to the usual staples like craft beer, grass-fed beef burgers and other locally-sourced food.

Bunch starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. on Sunday, and run through 3 p.m. each day. CB will also be hosting a special New Year’s Day brunch this coming Monday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., following its no-cover NYE celebration.

Citizen’s brunch menu includes drink specials, including a new mimosa deal, the pricing of which is low enough that Virginia law prevents us from telling you about it.

The preceding was written by ARLnow and promoted by Citizen Burger Bar.

by ARLnow.com December 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm 0

ARLnow.com, a pioneering local, independent online news and lifestyle publication serving Arlington, Virginia since 2010, is seeking a talented journalist and communicator as we expand our coverage.

Starting in early 2018, ARLnow plans to create a new position of Morning Editor and Enterprise Reporter. The individual hired for this position will be responsible for executing key editorial strategies around email and memberships for our growing operation.

The job duties include:

  • Researching and writing our daily Morning Notes post, which links to local stories aggregated from social media and other news outlets.
  • Writing a new morning email, published daily at 7 a.m., that provides readers with a concise, informative and uplifting daily briefing of local news, events and other happenings in Arlington.
  • Assisting with social media engagement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Enterprise local news reporting, including scoop-driven coverage of local government, cops and courts. The reporter will primarily work out of Arlington County government headquarters, the first beat reporter based there in more than a decade, and will focus on publishing one impactful article per day.

We are looking for a hungry, self-motivated journalist who…

  • …cares deeply about local issues.
  • …builds relationships and doggedly pursues scoops.
  • …is empathetic and knows how to connect with an audience.
  • …has at least 2-4 years of professional news reporting experience.
  • …writes clean, compelling copy and effectively self-edits and self-fact checks.

This position offers competitive compensation, health insurance, 401(k) and holidays off.

To apply, send a resume and links to some of your work to: [email protected]. Note any experience you have with WordPress, Mailchimp and Adobe Creative Suite. No recruiters, please.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor October 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Information-packed home buying class in Arlington to be held on Nov. 6, 13 and 20. The first three to attend get a free Google Chromecast!

Reasons to Buy Even If You Plan on Moving in a Few Years:

  • You will receive the benefit of tax deductions on mortgage interest and real estate taxes.
  • You lock in a monthly payment versus ever increasing rent payments.
  • Start building your rental portfolio or sell the home for profit when it is time to leave.

Attend the free Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and learn all of our tips and get $1,500 towards your next home purchase!

You will get a comprehensive explanation of the home purchasing process – there’s more to know than you’d think. The Orange Line Living Team will be teaching all of the acronyms and definitions you will need, what happens at each stage of your transaction, real strategies on how to negotiate a lower purchase price, the different type of loans available, and much more. There will be local specialists from multiple industries in attendance, so come with questions.

Benefits of Attending

  • $1,500 credit towards your new home or towards early lease termination
  • 12-month home buy-back guarantee
  • $500 appraisal credit from Pure Mortgage
  • Wine and cheese
  • AND the first 3 to attend will receive a Google Chromecast!

The event is hosted by best-selling author and top nationally-ranked real estate agent Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent. Dan and his team have developed a special process that has allowed them to help over one thousand local families buy or sell their home.


Space is limited so be sure to register at arlingtonhomebuyerclass.com


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